Nov 26, 2012 12:00pm PST
the marriage defense act is one of several the supreme court will hear this week of the justices will decide whether to hear and appeal from the defenders of proposition 8. they're expected to meet this week to decide which cases it will hear next year. >>> lawmakers apparently got into the spirit of the season over the holiday weekend. they're expressing optimism about the prospect of reaching a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff but cbs reporter danielle hotting ham said they're also sounding some alarms. >> reporter: the senate returns today with just five weeks left to hammer out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. republican senator bob corker says lawmakers need to show some political courage to prevent tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect january 1st. >> there's a menu of options on the revenue side and on the entitlement side, and while there are two parties, they are willing to solve this problem, this is a very easy thing to do technically. >> reporter: republicans are hinting they may be open to a compromise that raises revenue but many are still firm they won'
Nov 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
the lawsuit supporters say it keeps military leaders from mobilizing troops effectively. defense secretary leon panetta calls for more women in command positions. earlier this month he asked for an assessment of gender barriers and the military. as for this lawsuit, the department of defense has declined to comment. reporting live in san francisco, cate caugiran, cbs 5. >>> united nations ambassador susan rice has come under fire for her handling of the attacks in benghazi. now she is face to face with critics on capitol hill has she tries to win their support if she is nominated for secretary of state. cbs reporter danielle nottingham with what happened in that meeting. >> reporter: some gop lawmakers are still not satisfied with u.n. ambassador susan rice's explanation of what happened at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> reporter: senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte have been vocal critics of rice accusing the ambassador of misleading the public when she s